Thursday, August 1, 2013

John Nolte Discovers Metaphors

Here is the title of an article by John Nolte at Big Hollywood:
The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy shouldn't be surprised that director Neil Blokamp's "latest politically tinged sci-fi feature" falls apart during the third act. So did Blokamp's first politically tinged sci-fi feature, the overrated but promising "District 9." According to McCarthy's astute review, though, "Elysium" goes a step further into the arena of wild left-wing, Hollywood hypocrisy.

Here is how McCarthy describes the world and plot of what is likely another box-office bomb from star Matt Damon:
Blomkamp sets the dystopian juices flowing with images of future sprawling slums and urban ruin that one might initially take to be Mexico City or Sao Paulo but that are soon identified as belonging to Los Angeles in 2154. Most of the beleaguered inhabitants seem to speak Spanish and do menial labor if they do anything at all, while good health care is very difficult to come by.

By contrast, hovering far above Earth and appearing like a five-spoked wheel in the sky is Elysium, an enormous space station where the rich live in a stress-free country club environment enhanced by marvelous technology that can cure any ailment, meaning that life can theoretically go on indefinitely.
Dude, if McCarthy's description is accurate (I haven't seen the movie) that is not Los Angeles in the year 2154, that is Los Angeles today.

The only difference is that the "five-spoked wheel in the sky" called Elysium is really -- wait for it -- the Hollywood Hills.
Well done Mr. Nolte. With work and diligence your future in the ninth grade will be a success.


Smut Clyde said...


It is almost as if Nolte's idea of "things Matt Damon stands for" has no overlap at all with things that Matt Damon actually stands for.

Substance McGravitas said...

I have this fantasy that Nolte and Damon meet. Maybe Damon has a copy of Mad magazine and explains why something might be funny.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Without serious desalinization plants L.A. won't last that long.

I picture our friend M. Bouffant as the last human living in L.A., playing a role similar to that of the curmudgeonly old Jewish hermit in A Canticle for Leibowitz.

Hamish Mack said...

Nolte would storm out of the meeting. Only he would go through the wrong door into the broom cupboard or something.

M. Bouffant said...

My guess is more like Vincent Price/Ch. Heston/W.Smith in a third remake of I Am Legend.